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AMANDA BROOKS Shares Her Pics From Paris Fashion Week

Get a taste of Paris Fashion Week by perusing Barneys Fashion Director Amanda Brooks‘ on-the-go photo album below…


I always have a few hours free on my first day in Paris, so I make sure to have a meal at Merci. The view into their raised garden is so charming, and the fresh vegetable-based food is the perfect antidote to the previous weeks’ pasta-at-every-meal indulgence.

I love seeing designers’ inspiration boards—they always give me another perspective on the collection. In this case, I learned that Marco Zanini‘s graphic silk prints came from his personal collection of Scandinavian pottery. Beautiful!

Dries Van Noten‘s Japanese, Chinese and Korean prints were my favorite way that Asian influence appeared in the Fall 2012 collections. I’ve got to get my hands on this dress!

Tilda Swinton glided into Haider Ackermann‘s show at Hotel de Ville with such grace and humility. Both the show and her presence were highlights of the week.

I’d often wake up at the crack of dawn to walk along the Seine before setting off for another busy day. My walks always ended at the Pont des Arts bridge, which is covered in love padlocks put there by enamored couples. Only in Paris…

I am always on the hunt for the perfect pump. It would be hard to beat Isabel Marant‘s studded version for fall.

I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to fashion memorabilia—I’ve been collecting mementos for 15 years. I keep telling myself that one day I’ll have the time to put them in a scrapbook à la Cecil Beaton. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find Bill Cunningham‘s Balmain invitation left behind on a seat.

The Kenzo show was in a ’70s school building with escalators connecting all the different colored levels. It’s a good thing the clothes were as inspired as the venue.

Here’s the incomparable Karlie Kloss opening the Kenzo show—on an escalator!

At the Balenciaga show, I was sitting across from this line-up of incredibly chic ladies in head-to-toe Balenciaga. Turns out, they are the store managers from around the world.

The minute I saw this Balenciaga sweatshirt, I knew all the editors and bloggers would be sporting it next season.

A simply beautiful day dress at Nina Ricci.

This color stood out at Rick Owens—it was great to see him lighten up his mood, which is often darker.

The mostly music-free Comme des Garçons show put all the attention on the clothes, which were enough to capture everyone’s imagination. I loved it!

Just when most of the fashion crowd was starting to feel the effects of a month of non-stop shows, Alber won our attention and enthusiasm with his touching performance and runway bow. He brought tears to even the most jaded fashion follower’s eyes. (Video courtesy of A Shaded View on Fashion.)

Here I am channeling Anna Dello Russo at Céline.

Metallic accessories are a huge trend for fall, and these Céline pumps were among my favorites.